Ron Prince Will Not Return as Head Football Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State Director of Athletics Bob Krause announced Wednesday that Ron Prince will not return as the school’s head football coach for the 2009 season.

“We are in a performance-based profession and have made this decision in the best long-term interest of both the university and its football program,” Krause said. “Our goal remains the same: to build a winning program that is positioned to consistently compete for championships. I appreciate the hard work and dedication that Coach Prince and his staff have put in over the last three seasons and wish him the very best for the future.”

In two-plus seasons at Kansas State, Prince has compiled a 16-18 overall record, which included a 7-6 mark and a trip to the Texas Bowl in 2006, his first season. Prince became the first head coach in school history to lead his team to a bowl in year one and also has compiled the second-most wins over the first two seasons of any coach in K-State history, which included the school’s first-ever win over a top 10 opponent on the road in 2007 (No. 7 Texas).

Prince’s Wildcat teams also performed at a high standard in the classroom as they placed a total of 74 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2007-08, including a record number 38 in the spring, and saw a dramatic improvement in APR ratings in two seasons. The Wildcat football program also led the Big 12 Conference in federal graduation rate for football over the last two seasons while also seeing 13 players over that span earn Academic All-Big 12 honors.

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